Victoria Distillers just received their new still, built at Specific Mechanical in Saanichton, to join their original, smaller one. It's easy to focus on all that sexy copper (just look at that rectification column!). For the distillery guys (that's Phil and Dave in there getting ready to add some more copper), their work on actual production is not far away. For me, as combo site-supervisor / contractor, I am also looking at everything else in this picture, and who was part of it:
- To get rolling, I did ground truthing and take offs for our architect, and the mechanical, electrical and structural engineers. We poured a new floor in the production space at a .5% grade, with forming by the crew at Interactive and cement via ACT Finishing.
- The space, known to Victorian's as Mineral World and the Scratch Patch, was originally designed as a conference centre. We had to decommission floor plugs and do our best to erase signs of the film production work that had made this space into the Gracepoint, California police station. That included some boardwork, mudding and taping by the guys from Malibu Drywall.
- We worked with Peter Newman from Homestead to build out the opening for a Tedford door big enough to get the still through it.
- I designed the space for colour and the window treatments, getting the Cloverdale Paint up on the walls and ceiling, using a Richlock Rentals scissorlift.
- The window trim is 2x6 Fir salvaged out of the other side of this 8500 sq ft space, in what used to be the platforms for the tables in the old Captain's Table Restaurant. Guys from Labour Unlimited pulled it apart and got out all the nails before I cut them up and paint washed them with help from the distillery guys. I did the install.
- Adam and his crew from Edwards Electric ran all the conduit and got the lights up on the ceiling and walls.
- All those steam pipes and fittings were put set in place by Ray and and his crew from West Bay Mechanical. Mike and MacKenzie from Jopp Welding and Ironworks did the welding. West Bay has also done all the tin bashing and HVAC work, bringing AVIS to clean out years of crap out of the ducts.
Lots more folks involved in this project to date, but I just wanted to focus on what I could see in this picture. There is a tonne of work left to do. We have to commission new HVAC, get the washrooms done, fire up the boiler and then get going on the tasting room. A complete reworking of the exterior is also on the books. If all goes well, we would love to get the whole deal going, production and the tasting room, open for business on the Victoria Day long weekend. Between now and then, that's going to mean a lot of hard work by one heck of a team.